Every therapist has their own way of approaching their work, and this is important as authenticity is essential in building a solid relationship with others. In my work, I strive to be a consistently compassionate presence for all who come to grow with me. My approach to therapy is more conversational and curious as I want to be sure never to be led by my assumptions and to always remain present to the needs of my clients. For the hour that I am privileged to sit with my clients my hope is that they feel that I am truly there with them and that they trust that I am interested in supporting them to have the life they desire.
This work can be quite challenging, as one may imagine. As such, it can be tempting to wonder why someone would choose to be present to other people's pain and suffering in this way on a daily basis. For me, I choose to do this work, because I am inspired everyday by the strength and perseverance of the human condition. Pain is an inevitable part of life and to be able to support others in finding ways to grow from the pain is one of my great joys in life. In whatever way I am able to serve my clients, I feel incredibly privileged to play a small part on their journey towards being the person, and having the relationships, they choose to be and have.
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I find the first session to be very important in the development of the therapeutic relationship as this is the opportunity to set the stage for trust and rapport. In my first meetings with any new client, I make it a priority to acknowledge the innate awkwardness of sharing personal information with a complete stranger as we must honor that trust deserves respect and patience. For me, while I have knowledge and experience to offer, I find it most important to understand the needs of my client and support them in moving towards the life they want to have and the person they want to be.
I have a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and a Master's Degree in Counseling with a concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy. Every job that I have held as an adult has been in the field of mental health and social service, which provided me the foundation for Graduate school where I expanded my understanding of what it means to help people. From there, I have continued my training throughout my career as I learn both from Continuing Education courses and from the hands on experience with my clients, who are my real teachers.